Maradona: The Hand of God

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A&C Black, Dec 5, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
Diego Maradona, is arguably the greatest and certainly the most widely-known footballer of the modern age. During his tempestuous career he played for top clubs in South America and Europe, and was a central figure in four World Cups. With the fortunes he has earned from sponsorship and transfer deals, he personified football, both as popular sport and big business. Jimmy Burns pursued his research in several countries on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining access to Maradona's inner circle, and to other key witnesses, such as players, managers, trainers, doctors and officials. The result is a story straddling the international scene, from the slums of Buenos Aires, where Maradona was born, to the huge stadiums of the United States from where, in 1994, he was ignobly expelled after undergoing a positive drugs test. In his rise to fame - and notoriety - Maradona played for some of the world's greatest teams: Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona. He scored some brilliant goals - and cheated with others. He provoked fans into a mass hysteria of adulation, and his enemies into sinister campai. Now, as coach of Argentina, he is leading the country into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This new edition brings the story of Maradona completely up to date.
 

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Contents

1 Resurrection
1
2 A Child Is Born
9
3 To the Temple
17
4 First Loves
31
5 The Killing Fields
37
6 The Juntas Boy
50
7 Harry Goes to Buenos Aires
58
8 Money Money Money
65
14 Stardust
144
15 Mexican Fiesta
147
16 Falklands Round Two
156
17 Under the Volcano
167
18 Ambassador for Sport
179
19 An Italian Vendetta
191
20 Coping with Coke
199
21 Testing Positive
218

9 Boca Champions
75
10 The Falklands Factor
85
11 Breakdown in Barcelona
97
12 Terry and Diego
118
13 King among Godfathers
126
22 Chasing Diego
234
23 Maradona Redivivus
245
Index
263
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About the author (2011)

Jimmy Burns is an author and journalist. Among his previous books are The Land That Lost Its Heroes (Somerset Maugham non-fiction prize, 1987), Barça: A People's Passion and Papa Spy. He lives in London.